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Google has started seeding the Android 7.1 Nougat developer preview. The update is currently rolling out to the Nexus 5X, 6P and Pixel C users only.

While Android 7.0 is yet to hit most Android devices, the company has released the latest developer preview that brings some new additions to the Nougat update. The update brings app shortcuts, reworked quick toggles, restart option in start menu, redesigned check for update screen and more.

As of now, Google's Pixel and Pixel XL are the only Android devices to come pre-installed with the latest Android OS version. The Android 7.1 preview is expected to start hitting Android devices by other manufacturers like Lenovo, Samsung, LG and HTC from November.

The company has also revealed its plans to deliver another preview of the Android 7.1 update in November followed by the final public release in December. Google's Nexus phones eligble for the update will get the update first.

To install the latest developer preview on any of these devices there are three routes:

  • Sign up for the Android Beta program. If you are already a part of the program, you will receive the Android 7.1 preview OTA update automatically.
  • Alternatively, one can download the factory image as a TGZ file and flash the image to a phone by using the flash.bat method.
  • One can also download the OTA zip file which will install the latest preview build.

For those who are not familiar with the flashing methods or are not able to access the Android Beta program, it is recommended that you wait for an OTA public release in December.